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As someone who has watched this program since its inception, it's kind
of sad now to look back at its history. Those who didn't grow up with
this "phenomenan," as it was called in the '70s, can't realize how big
a deal this sports program was at one time.
In its glory days, "Monday Night Football" was THE event on television each week for any football fan. It wasn't the individual game that particular night. It made no difference who was playing - it was a chance to hear what humorous and/or controversial things Howard Cosell and "Dandy" Don Meredith would say each week. The play-by-play announcer, Frank Gifford (Keith Jackson the first year) was just a "straight man" for Cosell and Meredith.
Cosell played the bad guy and loved it, and Meredith played the "good 'ole boy," and had a pretty good time himself. I can say the latter because I was in the press box for a few Monday night games in Buffalo and "Dandy Don" was feeling no pain, let's just leave it at that. The ratings were so high that celebrities and politicians would frequently enter the booth for a halftime interview.
The significance of the sporting event went downhill when those guys left and it has never really recovered. In fact, as you know, it left ABC for ESPN several years ago. It also has a had numerous "color" guys. Few of them have ever been very popular and some were downright horrible.
I will have always have great memories of Frank, Howard and Don when this program was truly exciting and all of us fans couldn't wait for Monday night.
What started as an oddity in 1970 and became a national tradition on
television on Monday nights from September through January is leaving
ABC after 35 seasons. Having lived on the east coast for many years, I
always found it frustrating not being able to stay up to watch the end
of many games, especially the competitive ones.
I'll always remember yelling "Shut up!" to Howard Cosell despite some of his interesting observations and reports. I'll remember how much I liked play-by-play announcers Frank Gifford and Al Michaels. I'll always wonder why a 3rd announcer was needed when only two announcers were enough.
The baby of the late ABC Sports executive Roone Arledge, ABC's Monday Night Football became appointment television. You made time to check out which teams were playing.
With the increase of other media sources and more competitive scheduling by other networks, it was determined by the NFL to air Monday Night Football on ESPN. NBC will air Sunday Night Football starting in the fall of 2006.
R.I.P. ABC's Monday Night Football
Nothing use to touch Monday Night Football when it aired for over 38 seasons!! The other two major networks would try different approaches to Monday night programming and to no avail!! The initial idea to Monday Night Football was that Monday was the day of returning to reveille, kids back in school, everybody back to work, and just a naturally depressing day for everyone!! Once Monday Night Football came on the scene, Bars were having drink specials, friends were getting together for football parties at their homes and there now entered a little lilt in everybody's monotonous Monday blues schedule!! I counted on some of the best games in the NFL to be on Monday Night Football, and it was a real treat if they had the Dallas Cowboys' games!! I am a big Dallas Cowboy fan!! I also thought they should have given a fat contract to Mike Barz for being the new host of Monday Night Football, bringing him on would have been great!! "Monday Night Football" was a spectacular idea, the new Monday Night Football is not as good, but, it fills the void somewhat!! My bone of contention with "Monday Night Football" on ABC: BRING IT BACK!!!!
ABC made a smart choice in kicking Dan Fouts and DENNIS
Dan was O.K. But Dennis, Hey, let's face it, he was never a good
ABC brings probably the smartest man in the NFL today, John Madden. With Al Michaels and John Madden in the booth, look forward to a great season on Monday Night Football
Monday night football games have been around even before ABC made it a mainstay in popular culture in the fall of 1970 with Monday Night Football, a three hour NFL show featuring a marquee matchup that blended sports with celebrities, music, and fun. One of the driving forces behind this was the late Don Ohlmeyer, who would go on to save NBC from extinction with Must See TV thursdays and who would supervise Sunday Night Football for NBC, which remains the most watched weekly sports show on network TV despite ratings shortfalls due to the players.
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The good the bad and the ugly of M N F! The Howard Cosell Gifford and Meredith era where golden. The colourful Cosell mixed well with Gifford's great play by play that was complemented with Meredith comic relief. Meredith's turn out the lights this party is over line rang humorously when the score was lopsided. The Monday night game was alway prime time. Top teams of Dallas, Raiders and Washington where always on. Raiders at one time never lost on M N F! Many times M N F had the best game of the week. After the loss of Meredith and Cosell M N F suffered under the poor commentary of Theisman and others. The game quality and rating went down after the golden era. Al Michaels and Madden tried to save M N F! Regrettably the game cards where awful. Detroit, Arizona etc cellar dwellers where on the card. M N F could not be save showing the dog of the week games. Regretablly the end of era! M N F went to E S P N!
Those words are spoken by Rockin Randall Hank Williams every Monday night
9:00 September through December. What i don't understand is why the
are down on MNF, they still put on great games and with Al Michaels and
Madden calling the action, how could you not watch, of course Michaels and
Madden are no Cosell and Meredith. Think of the history behind MNF, the
memorable games: 1978 Miami at Houston, Cosell annoucing to most the death
of John Lennon in 1980,1983 Dallas at Washington,1994 Kansas City at
and of course being a Jets fan my personal favorite 2000 Miami at New York
Monday Night Football has a long history of employing idiots to talk about football.Starting with the monotone mush mouth Howard Cosell, they have been hell bent on delivering unintelligible broadcasts for almost half a century.They continued the nonsense trend with several years of John Madden spewing lies when he wasn't stuttering like a fool.Then at the turn of the century they decided they needed a change so they brought in Dennis Miller.While Miller is great at rambling about things that don't matter, everything he says is 50 IQ points above anything a football fan can understand, so it was no surprise that he didn't last long.Now they have added the mental midget Jon Gruden.This fool can rarely finish a sentence.One time he said the quarterback was going to use the entire shot clock?WTF is a shot clock?As dumb as he is, at least he's not Madden.As a sports organization they need to set some higher standards for hiring broadcasters.The first rule should be don't hire anyone who spells John without an h.Second, take a look at the person's haircut.If it looks like they did it themselves, they may not be right for the job.The best thing about MNF is that it moved to ESPN and for years I didn't have to see it.Looking back on a lifetime of Monday night sadness, it's clear to see the NFL has been headed down the wrong path for decades.A path that ends with football being irrelevant and unwatchable.
It would had been a ten out of ten for ABC. But I give it a eight out of nine. As I wasn't around for the Cosell-Gifford-Meredeth era. But heard a lot of awesome things and thanks to Youtube, you get to see it as well. Gifford did play the straight man with Cosell the bad cop and Meredith the good ole boy. While Michaels was a better play-by-play man than Gifford was. Gifford's name is synonymous with MNF! When they got rid of Gifford and Dierdorf, it all went downhill a bit for the next couple of years. Let's face it, Miller isn't Cosell despite not being a Cosell fan either. But with Madden and Michaels, both had the second best combo in MNF history. Don't like it on ESPN but now am beginning to like it since they got rid of Kornheiser. ESPN play-by-play man Tierco is OK. But glad they added Jarwoski and Gruden, who is an up and comer IMHO! It's OK on ESPN but on ABC, it is an original that can't be replaced despite new network.
This is really nice. It is exciting to see something classical! The
Giants must maintain ball control to keep Arizona quarterback Kurt
Warner and Arizona's high-powered offense on the sidelines. The Giants
will attempt to run the ball over and over and chew up large chunks of
time and yardage. The Giants' defense will have to deal with the Warner
passing show and give the ball back to the offense in reasonable field
position. Arizona's passing offense is its key to success, with such
outstanding receivers as Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve
Breaston. Fitzgerald has 67 receptions for 939 yards and six
touchdowns, Boldin has 62 catches for 792 yards and 10 scores.
Breaston, a second-year player, has 48 receptions for 642 yards and one
touchdown. Arizona is undefeated in four games at home this season.
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